What is Fitness?

Hello All 🙂

On behalf of everyone at Hype Fitness, we would like to thank each one of you for patronizing our gym. We have had an overwhelming response since we launched last month.

Here, we’re going to try our best to impart the knowledge we have about fitness which is based on pure science, and bust all myths that you may have on fitness.

We’ll start with the answer to the most basic question ‘What is Fitness?’

In very simple words, Fitness is the ability to meet the increased energy demands of the day and still have a surplus left over. Physical fitness is not limited to a lean or buff appearance. It is determined by the ability of the muscular, circulatory and respiratory systems to meet increased intensity demands. There are five basic elements that, together, lead to overall fitness. These are :

    1. Cardiovascular endurance
    2. Muscular endurance
    3. Musculoskeletal strength
    4. Flexibility
    5. Ideal body composition

5 Components of Fitness

With optimal fitness levels, come numerous health benefits – improved quality of life, the staying power to perform everyday tasks without undue fatigue, and a reduced risk of illness and injury as you progress with age. However to enable you to reach your fitness goals it’s important to look into every aspect of fitness as one component of fitness has an impact on the other components.  For example, improved cardiovascular endurance levels will help reduce recovery times between weight training sets. The increase in blood vessels namely capillaries that you get from a good cardio program will eventually, over time, translate into a more efficient nutrient delivery system for your body, thus ensuring adequate nutrient utilization. This in turn has an effect on achieving an ideal body composition. Numerous such examples can be shown to illustrate the inter dependence of each component of fitness.

In addition we need to follow a structured workout plan so as to allow for adequate rest and recovery between every energy system to ensure that you continue making progress in your quest to becoming a fitter version of yourself. It takes approximately a minimum of 9 hrs. to 48 hrs. to recover from a workout depending on the intensity and level of training. There are many various systems that need to recover. During a workout there is an increased demand for energy and performance on the human body. For example in a workout (cardio and weight training), increased heart rate levels and body temperature are clearly evident. However there is a lot more going on under the hood. Hormonal changes, blood pressure, micro trauma at the cellular level of the muscle fibers, lactic acid levels, etc., get altered in the process. Post workout our body has to restore all these levels to homeostasis i.e. the normal levels thus bringing about recovery and increase in performance in day-to-day activities. This stage is crucial for a fitness enthusiast to be continually making progress. Of course this is only possible with the right kind of nutrition without which he/she will most certainly cease to make progress.

I hope you found this space informative and worth your time. If so please stay tuned for an in-depth coverage of the five elements of fitness and a lot more myth busting in our upcoming posts. Conversely feel free to raise any queries relating to fitness that you have been struggling to find scientific answers to.

Thank you!

Hype Fitness

 

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